Vietnam is going astray on its education way, a prominent educator complained Saturday at a seminar on educational reforms in Hanoi.
Professor Hoang Tuy, a 85-year-old math veteran who co-wrote many works with local and international authors, said that the education system is “getting lost” because signs of a subsidized education can be found everywhere, from curricula, methodologies, testing modes to recruitment policies, personnel training and placement.
Professor Chu Hao, another prestigious educator, suggested conducting a comprehensive survey to identify all the drawbacks, and their extent, of the education system if a specific action plan is to be formulated.
“Propositions will merely be propositions without such a survey,” he insisted.
There are many issues Vietnam has so far failed to address, Professor Nguyen Minh Duong, a former education ministry official, said.
“Among them are orientation for middle and high school graduates, a connection between different training modes, the standardization of the education system, and the proper construction of a credible training network,” Prof. Duong pointed out.
Dr Khong Doan Dien, a lecturer at Water Resources University located in the capital, said that re-building professional ethics plays the most important role in the reform of the country’s education system where teachers have displayed an under-par code of conduct in recent years.
Dr Dien added that unfair pay for teachers is now a big problem.
Professor Nguyen Xuan Han, with the Vietnam Society of Physics, concurred with him, elaborating that low wages have worried teachers and discouraged local talents from choosing teaching as their career.
Nguyen Thi Binh, attending the seminar as former State President, said that Vietnam must pay close attention to both quality and morality when training teachers for the education system.
She underlined that the government should lay out new policies to attract high-performing students to the teaching major in college.
Prof. Tuy, the math expert, noted that educators must eye a human education in which students should be trained to become good citizens rather than be stuffed with rigid and boring knowledge.
Many other attendees said that a special committee should be founded to help the government coordinate the education reform, whose detailed plan is being drawn up by the Ministry of Education and Trainin.